Beware of the Flooded Vehicle Scam

A young man who bought a pickup truck in Houston is now warning buyers to follow the advice of the National Insurance Crime Bureau before closing a deal on a used vehicle.

Flooded Pickup Scam

Kenton Basinger shelled out $14,000 for a 2012 Chevy Silverado that normally would sell for about $18,000, but the good deal he thought he was getting quickly turned into a nightmare when he realized he had purchased a pickup that had been flooded.

The NICB was contacted by the investigative reporter at KPRC-TV in Houston after the victim went to them for help. NICB determined the pickup was originally in Florida and appears to have been up for sale at a dealer there when Hurricane Irma hit the state with devastating winds and rain. The pickup was not insured at the time and no claim for flood damage was ever made. So the vehicle did not have a salvage title and did not appear in the VINCheck database where consumers can go to see if an insured vehicle was given a salvage title.

Instead, the truck eventually ended up in Texas where it was sold at auction with a clean title. Basinger purchased the truck from the dealership that had bought it from the auction.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Because of the thousands of uninsured vehicles that were flooded during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma last year, NICB recommends potential buyers have a vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic before buying it to ensure that there is no concealed or hidden damage.

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Tom Newton
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